Its September and the phone has not stopped ringing. It's not a bad problem to have and I am certainly not complaining.
I just can't get over how busy the phones have been for the last three weeks with requests for estimates for exterior house repainting jobs, that homeowners want to get done this year.
Usually by late August the phone has significantly slowed down for exterior painting and homeowners are planning for Fall renovations and interior painting projects. So what is up with the rush of phone calls for exterior work?
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I've talked to other painters that are experiencing the same thing and we all agree it comes down to weather.
The lousy spring weather this year took exterior painting off the radar for most homeowners. I can actually track highs and lows in painting inquiries against good and bad weather. Rainy day - the phone is quiet. Sunny day - I never get off the phone. With the blessedly beautiful weather we are enjoying this September, procrastinating homeowners are suddenly thinking about getting the house painted before the summer ends.
It begs the question "when is the best time to get the exterior of your house painted?"
Here are some points to consider.
It's probably too late for this year
It's September and this is Vancouver. There isn't much time to get exterior painting done before this beautiful weather is gone. Even with the sun shining there are still limitations on what can be done. It is regularly getting below 10 degrees celsius at night. Dew and dampness will definitely impact how many hours there are in a day that are productive for exterior painting.
Combine that with the late start to the exterior painting season. Jobs booked for late August are probably just getting done now. At Warline, we are completely booked for exterior repaint jobs for this year and are already booking for next spring. And we're not alone. The good painters are busy. They are fulfilling their contracts and completing work for clients that booked earlier in the summer. If you are looking to get your house painted now and find a painter with a wide open schedule, there is probably good reason.
It's still a good time to call
Even though we are now booking for next year, we are busy doing estimates for homeowners now. The sun is still setting later and doing on-site walk arounds of houses can be done in the early evening with homeowners that work during the day. It's also much easier to see the condition of a house on a dry sunny day than in the middle of winter when there could be a couple of inches of snow on everything. Getting a painting estimate now also means you get the benefit of a pre-winter walk around with a professional to see if there are any issues around your home that need immediate attention before another winter season is here.
You're first on the list for next year
Planning now your exterior paint projects for next year also puts you at the top of the list for scheduling in the spring so you get to enjoy your freshly painted house all summer long. And since getting the exterior of your house painted is one of the bigger maintenance projects, getting prices now gives you lots of time to work it into annual budgets. At Warline, we guarantee our pricing now for projects starting next spring. That protects you from unexpected price increases from increased labour and/or product costs.
So while it might be a bit late this season for getting your house painted this year, why not turn that procrastination into being proactive and get an early start on next year's painting?